The University of Arizona



StrayerLouise J. Strayer, BSc, RN, MSc

The University of Arizona HealthCare Partnership

Louise J. Strayer brings over 27 years of successful clinical and community research/service experience in the treatment of nicotine addiction and mental illness to her role as Director of the HealthCare Partnership at The University of Arizona. She was the original Principal Investigator of the HealthCare Partnership. Ms. Strayer served as the Clinical Director for the Arizona Program for Nicotine and Tobacco Research. During this time, she provided leadership to over 30 large clinical/behavioral research studies for the prevention and treatment of nicotine addiction. She successfully managed a large randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled National Cancer Institute trial testing Two Doses of Sustained-Release Bupropion for Adolescent Smoking Cessation published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine (2007). She served as Co-Principal Investigator for an Arizona Women, Infants & Children (WIC) project.  Ms. Strayer is a contributing member of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health’ Process Advisory Group. Ms. Strayer was instrumental in establishing the Arizona Smoker’s Helpline, the statewide telephonic counseling service. The HealthCare Partnership has partnered with Tribal Nations and Indian Health Service on tobacco control initiatives since 2000. She is committed to improving the health status of America’s communities through evidence-based brief interventions designed to change health-risk behaviors.

GillesMary Gilles, MD

Medical Director
The University of Arizona HealthCare Partnership

Dr. Mary Gilles is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine in The University of Arizona Colleges of Medicine and Science where she teaches medical students and Internal Medicine residents. She is also the Medical Director of The University of Arizona HealthCare Partnership and an Internist in clinical practice at the Southern Arizona Veterans Affairs Health Care System. Dr. Gilles has served as the principal investigator for clinical trials studying the efficacy of medications for smoking cessation. She is the former Medical Director of the Arizona Program for Nicotine and Tobacco Research, as well as the Southern Arizona Veterans Affairs Smoking Cessation Program. Dr. Gilles has designed and implemented physician and allied health professional educational curricula addressing tobacco dependence treatment.

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